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about the launch of Progress M-46 cargo vehicle to the ISS
 

June 26, 2002. Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Under the International Space Station (ISS) Mission Program, Progress M-46 cargo vehicle was launched at 09:36:30 Moscow Summer Time.
Following 530 seconds of the Soyuz-U launch vehicle operation, the space vehicle was injected into an orbit having the following parameters: maximum and minimum altitudes of 242.4 km and 193.4 km, respectively; orbital period of 88.56 minutes and inclination if 51.64. The onboard systems of the space vehicle operate normally in a design mode.
The launch objective is to deliver the cargoes with a total mass of 2580 kg to the ISS to ensure life support and activities of the 5th ISS Prime Crew (ISS-5).
The vehicle carries 825 kg of propellant for the Station accommodated in the refuelling system tanks, 50 kg of oxygen held in the oxygen supply system bottles, 250 kg of propellant in the propulsion system tanks, as well as 1455 kg of dry goods involving the equipment for thermal control system and electric power; atmospheric revitalization system; fire-fighting and self-protecting aids; medical, sanitary-hygienic and water supply systems; food rations, including fresh food product packages; kits of flight data files, video- and photographic equipment.
The space vehicle is to be docked to the ISS on June 29, 2002 at 10:25.
For the space vehicle to be docked, an axial docking port of the Zvezda Module is released. On June 25, 2002 Progress M1-8 cargo vehicle departed from this docking port. After its moving away from the Station and generation of deorbit impulse Progress M1-8 cargo vehicle was transferred to the descent trajectory and ceased to exist in a specified area of the Pacific ocean waters.
The Progress M-46 cargo vehicle processing and launch at Baikonur cosmodrome were accomplished under the direction of the State Committee Co-Chairmen, the Secretary of State, the first Deputy General Director of Rosaviakosmos N.F. Moiseev; Deputy Director TSNII of Machinebuilding V.A. Grin, as well as Yu.P. Semenov, the Technical Manager of the Russian Manned Programs, General Designer of RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, Academician of the RAS.
The space vehicle and station flight is controlled by the Lead Operational Control Team (LOCT) located at the Mission Control Center (MCC-M), Moscow area, Korolev. The flight director is Pilot-Cosmonaut Vladimir Soloviev.
According to the telemetry information and the reports coming from ISS?5 crew, Valery Korzun (Commander), Sergei Treschev and Peggy Witson (Flight Engineers), all ISS onboard systems operate normally. The Station is prepared to carry the space vehicle.
The ISS with mass of about 146.3 tons currently operates in orbit consisting of Functional Cargo Block Zarya, Service Module Zvezda, docking compartment Pirs, Soyuz TM-33 manned transport vehicle, as well as modules Unity, Destiny and airlock Quest. All ISS onboard systems operate in a design mode.

 

 

 

 

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